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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sweden Denounces Russia's 'Unpredictable' Airspace Provocations, Purchases NH90 Helicopter For Anti-Submarine Warfare

NH90 CaimanThe head of Sweden's air force is warning of Russia's "very dangerous" tactics and increased air activity in the Baltic region, Defense News reported Sunday. Amid the growing Russian presence, Sweden plans to add a number of aircraft, including its first NH90 helicopter for anti-submarine warfare.

Maj. Gen. Micael Bydén denounced tactics Russian pilots are using near Swedish airspace, reporting that Swedish air force countermeasures are up 50 percent over the last two years.

"As trainee pilots we flew 10 km from borders and we expect them to do it, but after Crimea and Ukraine, the million-dollar question is 'What's next?'," Bydén said at the Paris Air Show on Sunday, according to Defense News. "I grew up with it, but this is unpredictable and I don't like the development."

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